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Image competition finalists

Posted by on March 21st, 2011

In the Node’s recent image competition, we asked for images related to developmental biology and some sort of intersection – playing on the double meaning of the word “node” in the site’s name. We received as many different interpretations of this theme as submissions, which gave the judges a difficult task. But by looking both[…]

YEN Seminar Next Week – March 24

Posted by on March 17th, 2011

We are delighted to announce the first double-seminar session hosted by the Young Embryologist Network (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/cdb/yen) on March 24th from 4pm – 6pm (& refreshments afterwards) in the A.V. Hill Lecture Theatre, Medical Sciences Building, UCL. The theme of this session is visualising biological processes and there will be 2 speakers: – Dr Florencia Cavodeassi (Steve Wilson Group, Dept[…]

Travel funding

Posted by on March 17th, 2011

If you’re attending a conference later this year and need help funding your travel, you can apply for one of the Company of Biologists’ Direct Travel grants. The maximum amount of these grants has just been increased to £600 for international travel and £300 for travel in the same country as resident. (The website still[…]

Bird’s-eye view: CoB workshop on Cancer as a Microevolutionary Process

Posted by on March 15th, 2011

During the past week, a group of scientists followed in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and convened at the lovely Wilton Park in Sussex for a Company of Biologists Workshop to challenge central dogmas and provoke new ideas – this time in a quest to understand cancer as a microevolutionary process. The conference organisers –[…]

Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Posted by on March 14th, 2011

We were deeply shocked to hear about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11, and would like to express our sympathy with the people of Japan. Throughout the weekend, we have been following news from colleagues in Japan, but we still don’t have a complete picture of where researchers in the[…]

European Advocate General critical of stem cell patents

Posted by on March 11th, 2011

I expect many of you have already seen reports that the European Advocate General has taken a very restrictive view on patents for technologies that use human embyronic stem cells. This is the next installment in a long-running legal battle over a patent awarded to stem cell scientist Oliver Bruestle in 1999 and challenged by[…]

A walk in the park is a walk amongst development

Posted by on March 10th, 2011

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The amazing neural crest

Posted by on March 9th, 2011

The power of stem cells lies in the ability to give rise to many different cell types.  The stem cells found in the neural crest are no exception, and a recent Development paper describes the importance of Foxd3 in maintaining self-renewal and multipotency of these stem cells, and in regulating the fate choice of these[…]

Interview with Wellcome Image Award Winners

Posted by on March 9th, 2011

The 2011 Wellcome Image Awards were announced a few weeks ago, and developmental biology is well-represented in this year’s gallery, with images featuring cell division in plants, fish eye development, blastocysts, a developing mouse kidney, chromatin density in chromosomes, caterpillar prolegs, and a mouse embryo animation. On February 23rd, the awards were announced at an[…]

The Third USNCB Symposium on Frontiers in Biomechanics: Mechanics of Development

Posted by on March 8th, 2011

The Third USNCB Symposium on Frontiers in Biomechanics: Mechanics of Development June 21, 2011, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Farmington, PA In the fields of tissue engineering, synthetic biology, and regenerative medicine, much can be learned by studying how nature creates tissues and organs in the embryo. Accordingly, the last decade has seen rapidly expanding interest among[…]